There are 9 members of the Gilman Fundraising Committee. Jeff Armstrong, Sammy Gesley, Kamala Parks, Corbett Redford, Heather Shah, Jesse Townley, Helen Vance, Josh Wilner, & Larry Wolfley. Below is some information about them!
My name is Kamala Parks and I was elected to serve on the fundraising committee until November 2017. I was one of the original founders of 924 Gilman and have served as a volunteer at various times throughout the years. In addition, I played drums in a number of bands, wrote columns and articles for Maximum RockNRoll, and booked several Gilman bands on national and international tours. I’m serving on the fundraising committee because 924 Gilman is crucial hub for the punk community that is threatened by gentrifying forces and I want to assure its future. I have a oddly large collection of stuffed animals.
My name is Corbett Redford and I was elected through November 2017.
In 1996, my band Bobby Joe Ebola played it’s first Gilman show – a “Geekfest” event (of which I was a co-founder). I have been a participant in the the local East Bay scene ever since. From 1998 – 2001, I was a Gilman keyholder who did groundskeeping & graffiti cleanup at the club (during the Di-Con era) and also helped book many shows through the early 2000s. I continue to perform with my satiric folk-punk band and I am currently directing a feature length documentary about the history of the East Bay punk music scene called “Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk” and look forward to sharing the film with everyone when we complete it towards the end of 2015. I am a proud husband and a new father to a wonderful baby boy. I am serving on the fundraising committee because Gilman gave me a platform to express myself at an early age and truly introduced me to the value of being a part of a community. I would like to see the club continue into the future for people of all ages to be able to have a place to belong, to learn, to participate, and to create outside of the dog-eat-dog music industry structure.
Silly facts about me:
I can twist my feet behind my back while standing… all the while reciting the 80s extended version of the “McDonalds Menu Song”.
I have two dogs, two cats and 9 birds – none of them try to eat each other.
I’m Jesse Townley and I was elected through November 2016. I started volunteering @ 924 Gilman in 1989, becoming deeply involved for most of the next 2 decades. Over time I’ve worked every position except sound, helped write/edit the original by-laws, and served as Secretary for 14 years. After stepping away briefly a few years ago, I returned primarily to help Gilman make our transition to a non-profit and to help raise funds. In the rest of my life, I’ve been in bands that’ve toured the world & released many records. I’ve also served on a few non-profit Boards and raised thousands of dollars for those non-profits and for my (mostly successful) political campaigns. Currently I DJ on KALX & in various dark venues, run Alternative Tentacles Records, play ice hockey, and am an elected official here in Berkeley. I am the Chair of the Berkeley Rent Board. There are only 2 records that I own on all 3 physical formats: Willie D “I’m Goin’ Out Like A Soldier” and Dee Dee King “Standing In The Spotlight.”